The Worcester Public Library will be celebrating National Library Week April 9 - 15. The theme for this year is Libraries Transform! Your Library will join libraries of all types in a national, unified effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the digital and print information needs of their users.
We'll have special community readers and events! Check our website for details.
Adult Programs & Classes
Adult Services will offer several programs to satisfy everyone's inner-history buff this month! We'll begin with a genealogy program. Genealogists with local ties will be pleased to attend the Early Rhode Island Ancestors program, featuring Diane Boumenot on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
This month in the Teen Zone we'll have two special events to go along with some of your favorite monthly programs.
You won't want to miss Typewriter Poetry on Tuesday, April 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month! You'll have the chance to create poetical masterpieces on an old-school typewriter. Don't want to write a poem? You can type up a favorite poem instead. Make use of the creative aesthetic of these cool vintage visuals to give your writing a whole new spin!
For all those Whovians, be sure to swing by for a Teen Doctor Who Party on Thursday, April 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Doctor is back! Join us to celebrate the return of our favorite Gallifreyan in the Banx room, where we'll have games, crafts and more! Costumes encouraged.
Everybody's favorite, Masters of Minecraft will run on Wednesdays, April 4, 12, 19 & 26 starting at 4 p.m. Did you know the library has its very own Minecraft server? You can come play on it with us every other Wednesday! We've got parkour maps, adventure maps, open creative mode worlds and more, and you don't even have to have your own login to join in on the fun! It's the best hour ever because it's an hour of MINECRAFT!
This month, Rainbow Readers Bookclub will be held on Saturday, April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. In conjunction with Worcester Youth Pride, WPL presents Rainbow Readers Book Club! Join us monthly to discuss LGBTQ + young adult books. April's book is Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova.
Finally, swing by for Magic: The Gathering Open Play on Wednesday, April 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us in the Teen Room for a Magic: The Gathering open, casual play event! Don't have a deck? Always wanted to try the game? We have 2 decks you can borrow for the program on a first come first served basis! Bust out your best cards and strategies and battle it out at WPL!
This month there are so many fun and educational programs going on in the Children's Room, including lots of fun vacation week activities!
We'll start off the month with an educational program for children ages 9-12. The Holocaust Remembrance program will remember victims of the Holocaust, the families, and children who suffered, and the brave people who risked their lives to save so many. This event takes place on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.
We'll host a Spring Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m. Hop on over to the library! What will you find in your egg?
There's plenty of fun during school vacation week, with special guests and shows including Creature Teachers Animal Show on Thursday, April 20 at 11 a.m. Children are invited to come see a spectacular show featuring many different animals from all over the world! Sponsored by Friends of Worcester Public Library.
Flower Power: Planting Marigold will be held on Thursday April 20 at 2 p.m. Spring is the time to plant flowers. Come join us in planting your own marigold flower and learn how to take care of it.
You won't want to miss Kites! on Friday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Join us and design your own kite to take home. We will provide the kites and markers! While materials last.
Carmen Barbosa will join us for Robocycle on Saturday, April 22 at 11:15 a.m. She will help kids create their very own Robot using recyclable items and their imagination. Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
Be sure to check out our Movie Matinee:Trolls on Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. Join trolls Poppy and Branch on a journey to rescue their friend! A small snack will be provided. Rated PG.
You won't want to miss Hate Has No Home Here Poetry Slam on Friday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. In honor of National Poetry Month, we invite you to listen to a selection of poetry that encourages peace, diversity, tolerance, love, and friendship. Afterwards, children are welcome to recite their own favorite poem, or even one they have written themselves! Light refreshments provided.
We'll have our regularly scheduled programs going on all month too. Click here for a full schedule!
This month at the One City, One Library Branches we'll be celebrating spring!
The Burncoat Branch will be hosting a very special Bunny BINGO Party on Thursday, April 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Come play some bunny bingo and win prize filled spring eggs! Make and take home some bunny ears of your own. Refreshments provided. We'll also host our regular programs including Game On every Tuesday, Make and Take every Wednesday, and Construction Club every Thursday.
The Frances Perkins Branch will also be hosting an Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. Please arrive promptly as supplies are limited. We'll also have other fun spring activities this month! Join us for Sensory Play on Monday, April 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Legos continues every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Family Storytime will be held Mondays, April 10 & 24 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. You won't want to miss a PJ Storytime on Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Grab your sleepy toy, and come listen to some bedtime stories with your friends.
Cinema at the Library "Moana" comes to the our library on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity. Anime Club will be held Thursday, April 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. We'll have a special celebration on Friday, April 21 at 4 p.m. with Earth Day: Garden Stones and Seed Paper. Join us for some Earth Day crafts! Finally, you won't want to miss Cupcake Decorating on Thursday, April 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. Join us for the fun as we decorate cupcakes!
Libby and Lilly continue to deliver books to schools and neighborhoods throughout Worcester! Check out MyWPL for a complete schedule!
NEW in E-Content: Commonwealth eBook Collections!
Have you heard of the Commonwealth eBook Collections? Here, Massachusetts residents can access digital content for FREE! All that's needed is an active library card. The easiest way to find eBooks and other online resources is to submit a search, and then you will see search results that include resources from all of the vendors that we are currently partnering with: Axis360, EBL, and Biblioboard. When you find the item you are looking for, simply click to download. Navigating e-content has never been simpler!
Find Your Next Great Read
There's something for everyone here! Recommendations from library staff for literary fiction, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, sports, biography, non-fiction, teen lit and children's books...Don't know what to read next? Browse our most requested titles, and the New York Times fiction and nonfictionbestsellers lists! You can also check out our Find Your Next Great Read service for personalized recommendations from professional librarians.
Looking for something to read? Library staff has compiled a few book lists on varied topics for your browsing pleasure. Click here to see what's checked in, what's check out, and what looks good to you!
The Worcester Public Library will be closed on Monday, April 16 in observance of Patriot's Day.
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